Legal Solutions for Startup and Other Small Business Entrepreneurs

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Why Us?

Unique blend of both legal and management experience with startups and other small businesses.

Our founder and principal attorney Robert D. Krintzman (Yale College & Berkeley Law) has represented startup and other small business entrepreneurs in the technology, entertainment, real estate, software, venture capital and energy sectors for more than 30 years including several years’ concurrent “outside general counsel” and executive-level entrepreneurial management experience.

experienced

Extensive legal experience seasoned with relevant business management and entrepreneurial experience to understand the practical legal solutions entrepreneurs need.

cost-effective

Like all law firms, we also recognize economies by customizing templates originally developed and refined in prior transactions. One of the things that make us unique is the extent to which we pass those economies on to you the client/entrepreneur. Also, we will function as your “outside general counsel” and help you select, retain and manage third-party attorneys for specialized services (e.g., patents, complex taxation, litigation etc.) often at NO additional cost to you, and thereby help you realize additional economies.

easy to understand

For your Documented Core Legal Solutions to work best, we believe that they have to be readily understandable by you initially and also later whenever issues arise – with minimal assistance from a “lawyer-interpreter.” For this reason, we favor using precise and unambiguous language (simple English whenever possible) and spending time with you at the outset to ensure that you understand both your Core Legal Issues and the applicable Documented Core Legal Solutions.

The 7 Major Development Life Cycle Events

Here are the milestone events (and the related Documented Core Legal Solutions) that matter most to startup and other small business entrepreneurs.

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Creation and Launch of the Entity

What’s the best choice of entity and best choice of domicile for your Company? What are the related Documented Core Legal Solutions required to create and launch the entity?
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Agreements with Founders and Other Shareholders/Members

What Core Legal Issues are addressed by the following Documented Core Legal Solutions?

  • Founder Technology/IP Assignment Agreement
  • Founder/Employee Stock Purchase Agreement
  • Shareholder Buy-Sell Agreement, and why are they important?
  • Founder’s Coordination of rights and obligations under Shareholder Buy-Share Agreement with Founder’s Estate Plan?

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Service Agreements with Employees and Consultants

What Core Legal Issues are addressed by the following Documented Core Legal Solutions?

  • Consulting Services Agreement
  • Junior/Mid-Level Employment Letter Agreement
  • Founder/Key Employee Employment Agreement
  • Proprietary Information and Inventions Agreement
  • Officer/Director/Employee/Agent Indemnification Agreement

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Commercial Agreements with Vendors, Customers and Others

What Core Legal Issues are addressed by the following Documented Core Legal Solutions?

  • Non-Complex and Complex Commercial Agreements
  • Commercial Office Lease
  • Attorney Demand Letter for Payment
  • Attorney Demand Letter for Breach of Contract

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Protecting Intellectual Property

What Core Legal Issues are addressed by the following Documented Core Legal Solutions?

  • Unilateral or Mutual Non-Circumvention Agreement
  • Trademark Filing with USPTO
  • Copyright Filing with USPTO
  • Patent Filing with USPTO

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Incenting Employees and Consultants

What Core Legal Issues are addressed by the following Documented Core Legal Solutions?

  • Stock Option Plan
  • Stock Option Grant
  • Approving Resolutions by Board of Directors

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Financing Company Growth

What Core Legal Issues are addressed by the following Documented Core Legal Solutions:

  • Unsecured Promissory Note
  • Unsecured Promissory Note With Personal Guarantee
  • Commercial Loan Agreement and Note
  • Finders Agreement under California and Federal Law
  • Business Plan
  • Merger/Acquisition Agreement
  • Angel (“Series Seed Round”) Funding Offer
  • VC (“Series A Round”) Funding Offer

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Hourly Services

In most cases, with some exceptions, this pricing alternative is not as cost-effective or as appealing to client/entrepreneurs as the Fixed Fees available under the Legal Access Plan.

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Fixed Fee Services

This pricing alternative is very cost-effective and preferable to the Hourly Fee alternative for client/entrepreneurs in most cases.

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What’s Next?

Schedule a FREE Initial Comprehensive Legal Strategy Consultation to clarify and prioritize your specific requirements.